Dayanita Singh: Go Away Closer

Singh is able to challenge the boundaries of photography as an artistic medium.

Dayanita Singh is perhaps best known for her haunting portraits of India's urban middle and upper class families. She presents these photographs in books, alluding to stories that remain forever concealed in the margins.

Also on display is her latest project,  a series of portable 'museums'. An evolution of the photo-books, they are shown here for the first time.

These large wooden structures, dubbed by the artist as 'photo-architecture', can be placed and opened in different ways and each hold between 70 and 140 photographs. They will continue to grow, as Singh adds new work.

The artist says of her work: “Photography is not enough for me, it is just my language. Unless I can make poetry out of it, or a novel, what good is all my vocabulary?"

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There is a transcendental sadness to Dayanita Singh's semi-autobiographical works. Through her picture of a teenage girl rigid in fury or her photographs of the file room in an Indian courthouse, where the histories of past cases fester on crammed shelves, Singh reveals just how fleeting life really is.


Venue details

Hayward Gallery Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road London SE1 8XX 020 7960 4200 www.southbankcentre.co.uk/hayward

Entry details

£5 with National Art Pass (standard entry £10)

Mon- Wed, Sat, Sun, 10am - 6pm

Thu and Fri, 10am - 8pm